That would just about be me.
According to Gallup, the political voting giant, Independent, single childless women who moderately attend church, and are 35-54 years old could swing either way.
I watched the debate, and it surprisingly wasn’t a cringe-fest. It was interesting to see how much Sarah Palin played the gender role with the winks, and the laughing ploys.
By contrast, Biden left his trademark boisterous personality at the door, repeating facts, and backing them up with numbers, almost to a fault. The most telling quote of the night which broke Palin’s gender-leaning emotional control was from Biden:
Look, I understand what it’s like to be a single parent. When my wife and daughter died and my two sons were gravely injured, I understand what it’s like as a parent to wonder what it’s like if your kid’s going to make it.
I understand what it’s like to sit around the kitchen table with a father who says, “I’ve got to leave, champ, because there’s no jobs here. I got to head down to Wilmington. And when we get enough money, honey, we’ll bring you down.”
I understand what it’s like. I’m much better off than almost all Americans now. I get a good salary with the United States Senate. I live in a beautiful house that’s my total investment that I have. So I — I am much better off now.
But the notion that somehow, because I’m a man, I don’t know what it’s like to raise two kids alone, I don’t know what it’s like to have a child you’re not sure is going to — is going to make it — I understand.
Well that shut her up, because she dashed off to another subject with not even a nod to what he just said!
When asked several questions, Palin clearly avoided answering them altogether. The examples are many, but here is a gem: When Biden finishes his answer discussing intervention in the Kosovo and Darfur crises, Palin responds with this:
Oh, yeah, it’s so obvious I’m a Washington outsider. And someone just not used to the way you guys operate. Because here you voted for the war and now you oppose the war.
Insert question marks and crickets here. Not that the idea of the flip flop is new, but the charge is an inappropriate response here because it does not answer the initial question.
This is not a joke, and I don’t share an appreciation for the colloquialisms and general ideas that Palin displays. I need facts, because I make decisions based on reasoning facts. And as an apparent crucial voter to this election, you need to make an even stronger case for me. She held her own, given that the bar was set extremely low for her. I thought she was dead-on about personal responsibility early on in the debate. And she sounded confident in her statements. But Biden was more knowledgeable, and that’s what I am looking for.
Hillary Clinton may have taken American women 100 steps further, but Palin’s gimmicks take us 50 back and reduce us to that substance-free cheerleader babe that everybody wants to take pictures with, but that no one cares for a conversation. Is this what we want?